07 March 2014

Baby Amanita Mushroom

Here is a cute little mushroom.

This shows you how to expand upon the semicircle to create different shapes with simple increases and decreases. It also introduces two new techniques: crocheting in the back loops only (to create a ridge for texture or a sharp corner in the pattern like we have here to create the gills on the mushroom cap) and the magic ring (to create a closed loop of sc to begin our pattern).

My final mushroom is about 3 inches tall and 2 inches wide, made with cotton yarn and a 3mm hook.







    In dark pink:
    Row 1: 6 single crochet (sc) in a magic circle. (Fig 1-3)
    Row 2: 2 (sc) in each sc of the round.  12 stitches.
    Row 3:  [1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc] repeat around.  18 stitches.
    Row 4:  [1 sc in first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] repeat around.  24 stitches.
    Row 5:  [1 sc in first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] repeat around.  30 stitches.
    Row 6:  [1 sc in first 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] repeat around.  36 stitches.
    Rows 7-12:  1 sc in each sc of the round.  36 stitches
    Row 13:  [sc in the first 4 sc, sc2tog] repeat around.  30 stitches.
    Row 14:  1 sc in each sc of the round.  30 stitches
       Tie off.

       Add white spots by tying French Knots over stitches randomly around (fixed with a square or surgeon’s knot on the inside), concentrating more around the base and diffusing upwards.

    In light pink:
    Row 15:  in back loops only (Fig 4-6), 1 sc in each sc of the round.  30 stitches
    Row 16:  [sc in the first sc, sc2tog] repeat around.  20 stitches.
    Row 17:  sc2tog around.  10 stitches.
       Tie off.

    In cream:
    Row 18:  in back loops only, [1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc] repeat around.  15 stitches
    Row 19:  1 sc in each sc of the round.  15 stitches
    Row 20:  [1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc] repeat around.  20 stitches
    Row 21:  1 sc in each sc of the round.  20 stitches
    Rows 22-23:  [1 sc in first 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc] repeat for 2 rounds.  24 stitches.  *round will not end at [2 sc in next sc]*
    Row 24:  1 sc in each sc of the round.  24 stitches
    Row 25:  in back loops only, [1 sc in first sc, sc2tog] repeat around.  18 stitches
      Stuff the mushroom. You can add a couple beans in the base of the stem to weight the mushroom down for stability.

    Row 26:  [sc2tog] around until 5 sc remain. Slip stitch in next sc.
      Tie off. Tuck strings inside.

      Admire your cute little mushroom.






    Fig. 1:  Magic Circle: Wrap yarn around finger and pull yarn through the loop and chain 2.



    Fig. 2:  Magic Circle: Single crochet in the circle.



    Fig. 3:  Magic Circle: After 6 sc in the circle, pull the string to tighten the circle.

    Here is a video demo from the Craftyminx.








    Fig. 4:  Crochet in the Back Loops Only (BLO): Insert hook through the inside loop of the stitch only.




    Fig. 5:  Crochet in the BLO: Pull a loop through the back loop and complete a sc like normal.

    Here is a video demo from the Craftyminx.




    Fig. 6:  Crocheting in the BLO creates a ridge in the round that can be used for texture or to create a sharp corner.





    Fig. 7:  Detail of the underside of the mushroom showing the sharp corner used to shape the gills under the mushroom cap.




    Baby Amanita mushroom with an adult mushroom created by freehand crocheting.

    1 comment:

    1. danke für demühe und den schönen tuto.

      übrigens,ich liebe dänemark.wirwaren schon oft zum urlaub dort.

      gr. meggi

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